SPOKANE SYMPHONY MOVES ENTIRE 75TH SEASON TO SEPTEMBER 2021 DUE TO COVID-19Thursday Jul 23, 2020 • Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alison Highberger, PR Manager
July 23, 2020 (509) 842-2943
SPOKANE—July 23, 2020…Due to ongoing health concerns about the Covid-19 virus and the governor’s and county health department’s guidance and restrictions on large public gatherings, the Spokane Symphony’s Board of Trustees decided at their July 21 meeting to transplant the entire upcoming 75th season of the Spokane Symphony to September 2021.
“It was a painful decision, but it was the right thing to do for the health and safety of our musicians and the public. The Symphony will continue to be an active, collaborative and constructive member of the Inland Northwest community. We’re working diligently to make sure the Spokane Symphony remains vital and relevant to our region,” said Board President Elizabeth Kelley.
The 75th season of the Spokane Symphony was previously scheduled to start on September 19-20, 2020 with Masterworks 1 at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The Spokane Symphony season runs from September through May each year, and includes ten masterworks concerts of classical music, six Pops concerts, and special events like “The Music of Harry Potter” at Halloween, “’Star Wars’ in Concert” and other “Movies & Music” concerts, the Nutcracker Ballet, and New Year’s Eve with Beethoven’s Ninth.
All of these concerts and events are being scheduled to return for the 76th season of the Spokane Symphony, starting in September 2021 at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
“Like orchestras all over the world, the Spokane Symphony has no choice but to adapt to the realities of the coronavirus crisis. Even though we’re moving the entire 75th season of music to next year, it doesn’t mean that the orchestra and Fox Theater will be going dark. We are busy developing education and outreach ideas, and we’ll find ways to keep the flame of classical music burning in the Inland Northwest. Now, more than ever, we need the human connection that music brings,” said Music Director James Lowe. Lowe just completed his first season with the Spokane Symphony, and did the majority of the planning of the music repertoire for the 75th season.
Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, owned and operated by the Spokane Symphony, will continue to book “Fox Presents” events and rental concerts into 2021, as health and safety guidelines permit.
--Current Spokane Symphony season subscribers and ticketholders may keep their existing seats for next season. Keeping the same seats locks in the current subscription price for the next season.
--Ticketholders may exchange tickets for “symphony credit,” with an added bonus of 10%, which may be used through the end of the 2021-22 season.
--Ticketholders may donate the value of their tickets to the Spokane Symphony and will receive an acknowledgement of the tax-deductible gift.
--Refunds are available, but people are encouraged to keep in mind that the coronavirus has put the Spokane Symphony in a dire financial situation.
--The box office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox may be reached at (509) 624-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE LABOR DAY WEEKEND CONCERTS CANCELED
The two free Labor Day weekend concerts by the Spokane Symphony have been canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions on large gatherings.
The Pavillion Park concert in Liberty Lake, scheduled for Saturday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. would have been the 20th year of this concert. The Monday, September 7th concert at 6:00 p.m. in Comstock Park on Spokane’s South Hill would have marked its 35th year. Both concerts are a beloved tradition in the Inland Northwest, drawing thousands of people to the parks for picnics and the chance to enjoy an eclectic program of light classics, patriotic songs and movie and Broadway music by the Spokane Symphony.
For more information about the Spokane Symphony, please contact Alison Highberger, Public Relations Manager, (509) 842-2943.
The Spokane Symphony
The Spokane Symphony is a non-profit organization, originally incorporated in 1945 as the Spokane Philharmonic; it became the Spokane Symphony Society in 1962. Music Director James Lowe is the eighth music director in the history of the orchestra. Jeff vom Saal is the Spokane Symphony’s executive director. The 68-member Spokane Symphony performs for more than 150,000 listeners each season, presenting critically acclaimed concerts featuring some of the world’s top soloists. The Spokane Symphony Chorale, led by Director Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah is comprised of over 80 volunteer singers. The Spokane Symphony is governed by a 21-member volunteer Board of Trustees. The Symphony also relies on generous support from individuals in the community, area corporations, and the Spokane Symphony Associates, the orchestra’s volunteer organization with over 300 members, that puts on Christmas Tree Elegance each year, along with other fundraisers. The Spokane Symphony owns and operates Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.